Estes Park might not exactly have the balmy climate of Key West, but it’s absolutely a year-round destination to enjoy.
In fact, the winter might be the best season to explore Estes and nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.
If you’re looking for a getaway this winter, put Estes Park top on your list for the following reasons.
1. IT’S NOT AS CROWDED IN THE WINTER
During the summer months, Estes Park can be bursting at the seem. Lines to get into Rocky Mountain National Park can stretch practically to Kansas, and everything in town is just a bit more chaotic. The fall also sees its fair share of visitors, as tourists flock to the Rocky Mountains to behold the changing aspen leafs and beautiful fall foliage.
In the winter, though, most Colorado tourists have their sights set on the ski slopes. As a result, Estes becomes a quieter, more peaceful town.
2. THERE’S STILL ACCESS TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Many people assume that Rocky Mountain National Park closes down in the winter, but that’s not true. The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. That means you could do the classic Bear Lake hike on Christmas morning, if you wanted!
You will want to keep in mind that access might be more limited in the winter. There tends to be more road closures and hiking trail restrictions during the winter months.
With a good pair of snow shoes, though, you can walk all around the park and enjoy the snowy winter wonderland.
3. YOU CAN GET GREAT DEALS ON LODGING
Perhaps the best thing about Estes Park in the winter is that you don’t have to book months and months in advance for lodging, only to find high rates at low-quality places. Instead, you can choose the Estes Park Vacation Rental of your wishes.
We advise finding an Estes Park cabin with access to a hot tub. There’s nothing like soaking in the warmth of the whirlpool with the crisp Rocky mountain air swirling by.
4. YOU CAN SEE MORE ANIMALS
Because winter is generally more quiet, you have a better chance of seeing native Rocky Mountain animals like moose, bighorn sheep, buffalo, and bald eagles. For icing on the cake, you have less of a chance of encountering pesky bears the dumpster!
Get your binoculars ready for your winter trip to Estes Park!